(Orland Township, IL – March 12, 2020) — After much thought and consideration for the health and welfare of residents and employees, all Orland Township events and activities have been temporarily halted, according to the office of Township Supervisor Paul O’Grady.
Because the COVID-19 virus situation is changing every day, Township officials have decided to use an abundance of caution and follow the recommendation guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding the COVID-19 virus, large gatherings and at-risk population.
Orland Township is cancelling all classes, events and activities until further notice. Township officials will reevaluate current guidelines and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 virus in early April and make a determination at that time whether to resume activities or not.
“The health and welfare of our residents is our main concern,” said Supervisor O’Grady. “We have so many seniors who visit the Township on a daily basis and participate in our various activities, we want to do our part to keep them safe.”
Events and activities that have been cancelled include:
- Patrick’s / St. Joseph’s Day Luncheon (Thursday, March 19) – to be rescheduled at a later date
- Wake Up with Mike Wacko breakfast (Tuesday, March 24) – to be rescheduled at a later date
- Weekly Senior Drop-In/Bingo (Wednesdays and Fridays) – cancelled until further notice
Additionally, all classes held at Orland Township are cancelled until further notice. Participants currently enrolled will have their accounts credited for remaining sessions.
- Ageless Grace
- Chair Yoga
- I.M. Class (“Joints In Motion” – Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program)
- Line Dancing
- Strong & Fit
- Tai Chi
- Zumba Gold
Additionally, Senior Transportation rides will be limited to medical appointments only.
The Orland Township building is open for business and residents can still utilize the computer lab, Food Pantry and keep scheduled appointments unless otherwise notified. Regular business hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays until 6 p.m. Additionally, early voting and primary election voting are still taking place at the Township building.
Orland Township is taking the following precautions:
- Extra cleaning and disinfecting of commonly used areas
- Extra cleaning and disinfecting of restrooms
- Reminding staff to avoid shaking hands as a greeting
- Hand sanitizer available in several areas of the building
- Encouraging staff to monitor their own health and stay home if they are sick
- Encouraging the use of gloves when warranted
- Monitoring the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health updates
- Keeping in close contact with surrounding municipalities
Orland Township officials urge residents to do their part to stop the spread of germs by following the CDC recommendations:
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
- Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Residents with any questions or concerns can contact the Township at (708) 403-4222.